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Today’s Rundown

  1. Orthopedic practice among the first to pursue bundled payments with private payers
  2. Trump extends program that allows some vets to see ‘doctor of their choice’
  3. 3 traits of good value-based payment programs
  4. Cancer doctors buck insurers’ push to try cheaper drugs first
  5. Healthcare leaders: 4 traits for managerial, personal success

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Orthopedic practice among the first to pursue bundled payments with private payers

Thursday, April 20, 2017 The largest orthopedic private practice group in the country will soon be among the first to offer bundled payments for seven surgical procedures. The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics, with locations in Virginia, the District of Columbia and Maryland, is currently working to develop seven initial bundles for various orthopedic surgeries.

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Trump extends program that allows some vets to see ‘doctor of their choice’

Thursday, April 20, 2017 President Donald Trump signed a bill yesterday that temporarily extends a program allowing some veterans to seek medical care from private doctors and hospitals. Trump said the program, which would have ended Aug. 7, will allow veterans to continue to be able to see “the doctor of their choice."


3 traits of good value-based payment programs

Thursday, April 20, 2017 In order for value-based payment models to live up to their hype, they must generate more consistent benefits than they have so far, argue Jessica Farmer and Michael Hochman, M.D., of the Keck School of Medicine. “Unless we acknowledge the shortcomings of existing approaches and modify course, value-based reimbursement is unlikely to effectuate the healthcare delivery system transformation many policymakers anticipate," they warn.


Cancer doctors buck insurers’ push to try cheaper drugs first

Thursday, April 20, 2017 It should be up to doctors, not insurers, to decide what drugs will work best for cancer patients, according to new guidelines from an oncology group. The American Society of Clinical Oncology is pushing back at insurers’ efforts to force patients to try less expensive drugs before using more expensive cancer-fighting medications, even against doctors’ recommendations. The ASCO released recommendations this week that it hopes insurers will follow.


Healthcare leaders: 4 traits for managerial, personal success

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 ​​​​​​​Effective healthcare leaders are constantly evolving their approach to leadership, molding their style and learning on the job. Leaders that are most inspirational often embody a mix of both a competent managerial style and certain personal traits that make them easy to follow.

News of Note

Adil Haider, a trauma surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, earned the Ellis Island Medal of Honor this week, one of the country’s most prestigious awards that honors the work of immigrants and their children, as well as people who work for the inclusion of marginalized communities. The Boston doctor is in good company, as past recipients include former Vice President Joe Biden and civil rights activist Rosa Parks. Boston Herald article As part of an effort to build the medical school of the future, the American Medical Association has launched a new platform designed to train medical students to use EHRs. FierceHealthIT article Gov. Jim Justice signed a bill this week that makes West Virginia the 29th state to allow the use of marijuana for certain medical conditions. US News & World Report article At a summit in Atlanta yesterday, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price described the country’s opioid epidemic as a “crisis" and said the federal government will provide states nearly half a billion dollars to train health professionals and support prescription drug monitoring programs. NBC News article

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